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The general membership is invited to attend monthly board meetings which are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Although general members cannot vote on official matters, your opinions and input is welcomed and encouraged. If you would like to attend a board meeting, please call one the the STA officers or board members to confirm the meeting location.

Meet Our Board Members.

Linda Vause
Linda Vause2017 President
Howdy ya’ll I am back. I joined STA in 1998. During those years I served as President, VP, Newsletter Editor, Board and general member. I’ve been honored to serve with all the founding members of this remarkable organization and I’m extremely passionate about the mission of STA.
I grew up a military brat in a golfing family. At about age 10 I told my parents no more golf I wanted to ride horses. My best friend started lessons at Wimberly’s Riding Academy and after my relentless persistence, Mom signed me up. By age 16 I bought a Thoroughbred mare and was competing in Eventing, Combined Training, Dressage and Hunter Jumper anywhere from Mobile to Tallahassee. What a great way to grow up. I was able to bring her to FSU by telling my folks she was for sale and there was a much better market in Tallahassee. I would ride my bicycle from campus to Chaires to visit that beautiful black mare. She sold and I was without a horse for a many years.
Paul and I married in 1986 with the understanding I would have a horse one day and he could have a cow. We bought our farm in Miccosukee the summer of 1995. Thanks to Wanda Coffield, I fostered a senior snowflake Appaloosa mare named “Sugar” from a girl headed to college. Thank you to Sue Noyes for hauling Sugar and I to several STA rides. The most memorable ride was at Moore Lake in the Apalachicola National Forest. Sue turned the Presidency over and delivered a passionate speech about the importance of STA and its mission. This inspired me to join STA because without organizations like STA there would not be any equestrian trails on public lands.
Sugar is long gone. Paul and I now have 5 horses, 2 Great Danes and 1 cow, our “kids with fur”. I have scouted, ridden, camped and explored, 100’s of miles of fabulous trials with these horses and my STA family. I can’t imagine a life without horses or STA. Happy Trails !
Sue Noyes
Sue NoyesVice President
Sue was 11 when she first rode a horse at a rental stable in St. Petersburg, FL. At 15, she got her first horse: an Arabian. Her horse career included trail riding, gymkhana, western pleasure and equitation events, and then halter classes, when she bred and raised paints. In the 1970’s, as President of the Central FL Paint Horse Club, she secured paint horse classes at the FL State Fair and helped establish this breed in the state. Throughout her competitive career, Sue recognized the thread that binds the horse industry together is trail riding; it renews the spirit of both the horse and the rider.

Sue and her husband, Frank, moved to Tallahassee in 1983, after completing BA degrees in Management at Eckerd College. She worked as a lobbyist for Progress Energy Florida and soon recognized the need and opportunity for equestrian public trails. The FL Recreational Trails Council was created by law in DEP and Sue was appointed and served on it for 11 years. She was the first elected Chairperson of the council and she helped develop trail standards for the construction and maintenance of passive trails in Florida. At this same time, Sue was instrumental in the formation of Southern Trailriders Association and was elected President, a post she held for seven years. Sue was then appointed to the 40-member Greenways Commission by Governor Chiles. The commission unanimously recommended that the governor and the legislature create a greenways and trails system throughout Florida with Preservation 2000 funds to protect endangered flora and fauna in the state. Sue then served on the 23-member Greenways Coordinating Council and developed guidelines and policies for all land-buying agencies in Florida so the greenways and trails vision would become reality. When this was completed, Sue was appointed to the FL Agriculture Center & Horse Park Authority and later the Friends of Florida State Forests.

Sue is now retired and devotes her time to representing STA trail riders in the promotion, development and maintenance of public horse trails. She lives near Miccosukee with her husband, two dogs and three horses.

Janet Olin
Janet OlinBoard Member
I began horseback riding lessons at the age of 9, when I had finally grown tall enough that the local stable owner allowed me to ride. I was the typical pest of a daughter forever begging for a horse and thebest days were always at the barn.

Following high school, my love of horses hadn’t diminished and so I attended Potomac Horse Center in Gaithersburg Maryland and received a degree as a certified Horsemaster. This degree proved extremely useful in my 34 years of public service, working first for a state representative and then for the past 24 years, as Assistant Supervisor of Elections in Leon County, FL.

I had the opportunity to get back into the saddle in 2007, purchasing Charlie Two Socks from a friend of mine as a yearling. Getting back into the saddle in my mid-50’s has me grateful for a slower pace, and forthe smooth gait offered by a Tennessee Walker. We love the trails in our area and are so thankful for all the efforts the Southern Trail Riders Association has done to gain equine activity at local greenways and state parks. I hope my service on the Board of Directors helps continue the traditions and look forward to seeing you on the trail!

Jud Curtis
Jud CurtisFormer President
A founding member of the Southern Trailriders Association, it has been my pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors and as President of this essential organization so that we can maintain existing and acquire new riding locations to share with other horseback riders.

Slow and steady is how I like to ride these days, with my wife Jennette, and we currently ride Tennessee Walkers.

Katrina Ward
Katrina WardVice President
An avid horse-lover since the age of four, I finally bought my first horse at the age of 38 and haven’t looked back! Today I have three horses in my backyard and enjoy trail riding whenever I get the chance. Having moved to Tallahassee with my first horse from an area that had no public riding trails; I truly appreciate the trails that the Southern Trailrider’s Association has developed in the Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Being part of this great group of riders is a true privilege. Maintaining old trails and developing new ones requires a concerted effort that the STA is committed to. Being on the STA Board has been a learning experience and one that has taught me to never take for granted the freedom to enjoy our forests and Greenways from horseback.
Sharon Haughton
Sharon HaughtonTreasurer
Sharon Haughton and Herb, her husband of almost 28 years, have lived on a small farm just north of Havana for 18 years, along with their 4 horses, 2 cats and 1 dog.

When she’s not spending time with the horses, she works as the office manager for an environmental consulting firm in Tallahassee. She was a member of Leon County Horseman’s Association, served on the Association’s Board of Directors, served as Treasurer and showed horses in the gaited classes.

Sharon has been a member of the Southern Trailriders since 1996 and has recently joined the Board of Directors, hoping to help STA continue their mission of developing new trails and maintaining existing ones, along with developing a local campground for horse enthusiasts. Sharon and her Tennessee Walker, Cricket, have been riding partners for 16 years and hope to continue riding many more together.

Wendy Trawick
Wendy TrawickNewsletter Editor
I have had a passion for horses as far back as I can remember, and when my family moved here from New York in the 1970’s, I finally got my first opportunity to ride. Killearn Estates had a large barn that offered riding lessons, and at the age of seven I started learning everything I could about these beautiful creatures. I rode my bike to the barn often just to get a chance to smell the horses and pet each one that was in its stall.
As an adult there were several years that I did not have a horse, but finally at age 32 I was back in the saddle again and have been trail riding ever since. My employment history has been mostly in the medical field. I practiced Respiratory Therapy for 5 years before I started teaching at Tallahassee Community College as a Clinical Instructor. T.C.C. had several Human Patient Simulators that were used in the labs to give the students hands on experience caring for patients. I had a great interest in this aspect of healthcare and became their Simulation Specialist. That position allowed me to develop and manage how the college used the simulators. It was rewarding job, and a great opportunity to work with all types of students from Paramedics to Nurses.
After ten years at T.C.C., I decided to “semi-retire” and focus on managing the rental properties my husband and I own. It was a great decision and has allowed me to enjoy a flexible schedule and more opportunities to ride my Rocky Mountain Horse, Cocoa.
I have been a member of STA for many years and have always appreciated their efforts in maintaining and creating trails for Equestrians to enjoy. I look forward to serving as Newsletter Editor.
See you on the trail!
Lyn Grant
Lyn GrantBoard Member
Linda Ann Grant also known as Lyn Grant was born in Long Island, New York in 1940 on leap year day. Her family moved to Greenville,South Carolina in 1942 and this is where she grew up and learned to speak “southern.” She went off to private school when she was 16 to Salem Academy in Winston Salem, North Carolina. After Graduation she went to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She met her first husband here and married him in 1960 and had two sons with him.

Her hobbies included art work, sewing, reading and ceramics but her true love revolved around animals. She thought she wanted to be a veterinarian but didn’t like the blood associated with it. She found a real nitch in training retrievers for field trials with a neighbor. She and her neighbor, Barbara, were training retrievers out of their back yard. This led to searching for a good piece of property to build a kennel on it for retriever training and boarding. Hence, Robinhood Kennels was started in 1970. Lyn ended up buying out her partner and for the next 30 years she built and rebuilt several buildings for dogs and cats. She remarried in 1972 and had a daughter with him. Her younger son took over the management of the kennel in 1990 but Lyn and her husband live on the property and she still makes management decisions.

Lyn’s first love has always been horses from the early days. She started riding ponies for rent at a nearby park at age eight. She took riding lessons at camp for four years from 9 to 12, Her parents finally relented and bought her an unbroken starved 2 1/2 year old filly when she was 13. After many trials and errors she finally got the mare rideable. She had to sell her horse when she went off to Salem Academy. Then for years between babies and no money she was horseless. But after Robinhood Kennels came into existence she had property and pasture for horses again. She started with trail riding and went on to showing. For 21 years she showed horses in barrel racing, English hunter, Gaited classes and last of all, Western trail and obedience classes. At the time she was breeding all along and raising pinto colts and fillies. She did a much better job of training horses after years of training dogs.

Today she is down to two last horses born on her property. Besides these she has adopted two other old horses and runs a geriatric farm for oldies but goodies – 3 horses in their twenties and one 16 year old.

Ron Tuttle
Ron TuttleBoard Member
Our family has lived in Tallahassee since 1976. I have ridden with the Chaires Horseman’s Association and the Wakulla Woods Riders. I have been a STA member for five years. After I retired, I hooked up with “Minnie Mule” and have been on the trails ever since.

LET’S RIDE!

Suzanne Lane
Suzanne LaneBoard Member
I guess you could say I was ruined from the beginning, or at least that is what my dad thinks. As most of my friends and relatives know, horses have been my passion forever. I was bit by the horse bug early in life and fortunately had some wonderful people in my neighborhood willing to share their animals and time with a “horse crazy” kid. After several years of begging and pleading for my own, dad finally caved in when I was nine thinking I might lose interest if I had to take on the responsibility of a large animal. Fat chance! I can’t imagine life without horses and they have brought many special people into my world over the years.
After lots of encouragement, 2016 has returned me to the STA board of directors and I find myself looking forward to awesome new trail opportunities for equestrians in our area. Currently, I am lucky to have four amazing horses pastured at Lazy L, two paints and two quarters. They are all dependable in the woods and utilized in the arena for horsemanship, ranch roping and team roping at various levels.
Through all the ups and downs, successes and failures, I have loved being a part of this organization and cherish the friends I have made along the way. Family, friends, horses, cattle and trails…I have been blessed with many and thank them all for fond memories only hoping to make more in the future. HAPPY TRAILS!